Police Story 2
|Police Story 2|
Hong Kong film poster
|Mandarin||Jǐngchá Gùshì Xùjí|
|Cantonese||Ging2 Chaat3 Gu3 Si6 Zuk6 Zaap6|
|Directed by||Jackie Chan|
|Produced by||Raymond Chow
|Written by||Jackie Chan
|Music by||Michael Lai
Tang Siu Lam
|Cinematography||Cheung Yiu Cho
Danny Lee Yau Tong
|Editing by||Peter Cheung|
|Distributed by||Golden Harvest
|Running time||101 minutes
Police Story 2 (Chinese: 警察故事續集, aka Jackie Chan's Police Story 2) is a 1988 Hong Kong buddy cop action crime comedy film written, directed by and starring Jackie Chan as Chan Ka-kui. It is a sequel to the hit 1985 film, Police Story, continuing the storyline of Chan's character, "Kevin" Chan Ka-kui.
Inspector Chan Ka-kui has been demoted to highway patrol as the result of his handling of his previous case, which involved the violent arrest of crime lord Chu Tao and heavy property damage. The new duty pleases his girlfriend, May, who is glad that her boyfriend is no longer taking difficult cases and has more time to see her.
However, the happy mood changes when Ka-Kui is greeted by Chu Tao and his bespectacled right-hand man John Ko. It seems Chu Tao is terminally ill with only three months left to live, so he has been released from prison, and while he is still alive he vows to make life difficult for Ka-Kui. John Ko and some henchmen show up at Ka-Kui's apartment and intimidate him, baiting the policeman to attack. Later, May and her mother are beaten by John Ko and his men. Ka-Kui can no longer hold back, and he lashes out against John Ko and his men at a restaurant.
Ashamed of his behavior, Ka-Kui resigns from the Royal Hong Kong Police Force. He plans to take a trip to Bali with May, but while he is at a travel agency in a shopping mall, some police officers see him and report that the mall is under a bomb threat. Unable to resist the urge to get involved in police work, Ka-Kui tells the officers to sound the fire alarm and have the mall cleared, and agrees to take responsibility for the decision. A bomb does indeed explode, and the entire mall is leveled by the blast.
Ka-Kui is praised for his efforts, and he is reinstated and assigned to solve the case of the bombing. Ka-Kui plants a covert listening device in the mall property company's office to try and learn more about the bombers. This leads to a suspect who is a deaf-mute and is a fierce martial artist and explosives expert.
The bombing gang, aware that the police are on to them, plan a simultaneous bombing of the property company and the police headquarters. They double their ransom demand to $20 million and kidnap May, luring Ka-Kui into a trap in which he is strapped with an explosive vest and forced to pick up the extortion money from the property company. However, after picking up the money, Ka-Kui tells the gang that they are being followed and split up. Ka-kui, still holding the ransom, is able to drive his car into a tunnel so that the bomb he is wearing cannot be activated and he strips it off. He then goes to rescue May, who is being held in a warehouse full of fireworks. Ka-Kui again faces the deaf-mute man, who throws small firebombs at him. Ka-Kui then gains the upper hand and brutally retaliates against the mute man, finally throwing him off a third story catwalk onto a pile of plastic drums below. Ka-Kui then rescues May and departs the warehouse, just as it explodes in a huge ball of fire.
- Jackie Chan as Sergeant "Kevin" Chan Ka-kui aka Jackie Chan (New Line Cinema & Fortune Star Media Dubs)
- Maggie Cheung as May
- Chor Yuen as Chu Tu aka Tom Koo (New Line Cinema English Dub)
- Charlie Cho as John Koo aka John Chow (New Line Cinema English Dub)
- Lam Kwok-Hung as Superintendent Raymond Li
- Bill Tung as "Uncle" Bill Wong
- Mars as Inspector Kim
- Benny Lai as Dummy / Deaf Criminal/ Gabby (New Line Cinema Dub)
- Johnny Cheung as Cheung
- Ben Lam as Tall Pau Hung
- Chi Fai Chan as Ngor
- Shan Kwai as President Fung
- Isabella Wong as Secretary of President Fung
- Ann Mui as Karen
Awards and nominations
- 1989 Hong Kong Film Awards
- Won: Best Action Choreography
This film grossed HK $34,151,609 in Hong Kong.
The film received a rating of 86% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
New Line Cinema Acquired rights from Golden Harvest to distribute Police Story 2 on VHS & Laserdisc on 15 June 1999, the film was dubbed in English Minutes of Footage removed, U.S Music scores from Police Story 4: First Strike, Rumble In The Bronx, and Mr. Nice Guy done by J. Peter Robinson were used and having it edited.
Home Video Releases
The longest cut of the film is the Japanese cut at 122 minutes. The Hong Kong cut is 101 minutes and the US is 98 minutes. The version in the IVL trilogy DVD boxset is the Japanese version but with Hong Kong blooper footage (but retaining the soundtrack used in the Japanese version). The Hong Kong Legends version is cropped from the original aspect ratio. In 2007, Dragon Dynasty (The Weinstein Company) released a version of the DVD that also contains the 122 minute cut of the film. Hong Kong based company Kam & Ronsom Enterprise have announced that they will release the first three Police Story films on Blu-ray Disc in June 2009.
- Police Story 2 at the Internet Movie Database
- Police Story 2 at allmovie
- Police Story 2 at Rotten Tomatoes
- Cropping aspect ratio on HKL DVD from Cinedie
- DVD Comparison from Rewind
- Asian DVD Guide Discussion